16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum and then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs day trip tool .

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are colder (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Explore hidden gems such as The Beach at Grand Lake and Cub Lake Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Photography Tours. There's lots more to do: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, explore the landscape on two wheels at Coyote Valley Trail, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in September; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 81°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Photography Tours, Coyote Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then stroll through Manitou Springs Incline.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

5
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Rocky Mountains. Explore hidden gems such as Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Hanging Lake. Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Doc Holliday's Grave in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Grottos Trail, explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspen tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect Aspen to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Pagosa Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then hike along Bear Creek Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ouray trip simple and quick.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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